Jan 24, 2010 6:30pm EST
names alone. peggy, dorothy, kristi. now with sasha out the focus turns to a new generation of teens. >> she nailed that landing. >> reporter: 17-year-old rachael flatt, a high school senior from colorado springs, placed first in the u.s. figure skating championships. >> competition in, competition out, she's just in to stay focused. >> reporter: 16-year-old mirai nagasu from southern california placed second. a surprise but not so much for nagasu's winning coach, determined to toughen her up. >> remember the no-cry rule. >> in rachael flatt you have a great athlete. in mirai nagasu you have an artist. they are eminently capable and eminently deserving. >> reporter: and undeniably underdogs. but underdogs have captured the gold bere. sarah hughes did in 2002. >> in the olympics anything, and i mean anything is possible. >> reporter: in vancouver it'll be up to these american teenagers. now the nation's best hope on ice. rehema ellis, nbc news, new york. >>> that's nbc "nightly news" for this sunday. here's anne curry now with a look at what's ahead tonight on "dateline." anne?